COVID-19 (Sampling and Diagnostics)
The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, necessitates early detection of infected persons as part of strategies to identify and control community transmission. Testing for COVID-19 remain important especially for frontline workers, other high-risk groups and travellers. Although testing methods are available there remains avenues for improving and increasing the capacity to test and detect the virus.
The research areas are in two main themes:
- Exploring nose masks for non-invasive SARS-CoV-2 sampling
- Validation of low-cost Loop mediated isothermal AMPlification (LAMP) for use in low-resourced health settings